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    I assume you mean "Wolters". Walters (D.L.) was a...

    I assume you mean "Wolters". Walters (D.L.) was a Hall of Fame trainer. Very different.

    Evan
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    "There is little reason to expect a dog to be...

    "There is little reason to expect a dog to be more precise that you are." Rex Carr

    If you want a skill to be there and intact when you need it, use it in training.

    Evan
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    I train two sided. The ability to use "push/pull"...

    I train two sided. The ability to use "push/pull" online as a handler is more effectively used with a dog that can easily be put on the side that offers the best strategic advantages.

    Evan
  4. Thread: hold question

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    To each his/her own, but in over 36 years of...

    To each his/her own, but in over 36 years of training I've never required a dog to hold for more than perhaps 3 or 4 minutes at a time during the training of that command. Get them moving if you...
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    Stick with Lardy over Akin. It's a far better and...

    Stick with Lardy over Akin. It's a far better and more sequential program.

    Evan
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    Yes. If you're following a solid modern program...

    Yes. If you're following a solid modern program that's how it will direct you to progress. "Hold" is just the first step following formalized obedience. If you have not formalized obedience, do that...
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    Good points Cary. Some folks just naturally rebel...

    Good points Cary. Some folks just naturally rebel against rules...any rules, even when it's a sport like this that they go to great time, trouble, and expense to participate in. Clothing has been an...
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    In my opinion, you were not wrong for throwing...

    In my opinion, you were not wrong for throwing marks after training "hold". But once you saw this reaction you were asking for trouble by continuing to throw marks until you were well along with the...
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    Even in this information age some terms aren't...

    Even in this information age some terms aren't understood in their true up to date context. One such term is "basics". Taking this dog through basics stands a better chance helping him than hurting...
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    Pay special attention to that section on...

    Pay special attention to that section on formalizing obedience. You've asked a reasonable question, and that section will address it as it should be addressed. The short answer is "No", but there is...
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    I assume you're following only the DVD? Evan

    I assume you're following only the DVD?

    Evan
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    Good! Remember, what's important is how it sounds...

    Good! Remember, what's important is how it sounds to the dog. Does it have the effect praise should have...to brighten the dog's affect? If so you're getting it.

    Evan
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    I don't see wrong praise (whatever that may be)....

    I don't see wrong praise (whatever that may be). I'm just not "feelin' it", and so probably isn't the dog, at least not adequately. Just keep practicing. When I'm working on this with people at my...
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    As you will find through checking out these...

    As you will find through checking out these programs, Hillman's is really well beyond what is traditionally a puppy program, so the amount of material in it is beyond mine or Jackie's (Sound...
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    IRead your dog. It's not the clock getting bored,...

    IRead your dog. It's not the clock getting bored, it's the dog. Later sessions may be fine going longer. Let your dog get good at this, and learn to enjoy it not just do it.

    I'd also just stick...
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    You're doing well on praise, but practice more on...

    You're doing well on praise, but practice more on enthusiasm. Session is awfully long. Are you doing more than one per day?

    Evan
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    THIS. Then start handling Basics. Evan

    THIS. Then start handling Basics.

    Evan
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    I just tried to reply and was told your inbox is...

    I just tried to reply and was told your inbox is full.

    Evan
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    They do indeed each have their own pace. Take...

    They do indeed each have their own pace. Take your time, and remember FF should not be a matter of simply forcing a dog to comply. It's pressure conditioning. Conditioning takes time. Also remember...
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    I'm sorry. I hadn't checked it for a while....

    I'm sorry. I hadn't checked it for a while. Should be room now.

    Evan
  21. Thread: Bumber Colors

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    Multi-tier, multi-pile drills, especially if...

    Multi-tier, multi-pile drills, especially if you're running multiple dogs. I set a different color at each pile so I can easily and quickly determine that I'm sending each dog to a spot with a...
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    Sounds like good methodology. But it's hard to...

    Sounds like good methodology. But it's hard to know about the application without seeing at least one session.

    Evan
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    Thanks for sharing that. Sometimes in forum...

    Thanks for sharing that. Sometimes in forum discussions it's easy to get the impression that, as important and useful as a good program is, that they're viewed as all that is needed or important for...
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    1. Easier to follow? The newer at training you...

    1. Easier to follow? The newer at training you are, the more the edge will go to Smartwork. But that's not strictly so because we each have certain things that work or "click" for us. You may relate...
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    Larry, You're welcome to shoot me an email....

    Larry,

    You're welcome to shoot me an email. rushcreekpress@aol.com

    Evan
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